(CBS) Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler will be back in the starting lineup in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Mets on Tuesday night, manager Joe Maddon said in an interview on the Spiegel and Goff Show.
Soler sat out the Game 2 loss with Chris Coghlan getting the start in right field, as Maddon looked to get another left-handed bat in the lineup against Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Coghlan was 0-for-4 but did have what was a likely home run robbed on a leaping catch at the wall by Curtis Granderson.
Soler was 1-for-4 in the Game 1 loss before sitting out all of Game 2. He’s uncomfortable playing in cold temperatures — his wearing a balaclava has become big social media fodder — so the projected upper-60s temperatures at first pitch Tuesday should be more to his liking after it was in the 40s in New York.
“Jorge will be back in there,” Maddon said. “There’s a Fahrenheit issue with him, so we’ll out him back in there tonight.”
Soler had a big showing against the Cardinals in the NLDS, when he was 4-of-7 with two homers, four RBIs, three runs and six walks in four games.
The Cubs’ full lineup hasn’t been announced yet. Right-hander Jacob deGrom will pitch for New York, while Chicago counters with right-hander Kyle Hendricks. Maddon is looking for 15 to 18 outs and the ability to induce ground balls from Hendricks. If the Mets are hitting more flyballs, Maddon said he’ll have a quicker hook.
Maddon continued to show no signs of panic despite the Cubs being down 2-0 in the series.
“There’s nothing wrong with our guys at all,” Maddon said. “It’s just the fact that the Mets pitchers have pitched really well, they caught the ball, they got a couple big hits. Those are those two games in a nutshell.”
Maddon also confirmed right-hander Jason Hammel will be the Game 4 starter, as expected.
Listen to Maddon’s full interview with Spiegel and Goff below.